You may not know that the the 50’s production 650cc Thunderbird (6T) was a low-compression tourer, created by Triumph to satisfy the American demand for motorcycles suited to long distance riding… But I am sure you know that the Triumph brand received considerable publicity in the United States when Marlon Brando rode a 1950 Thunderbird 6T in the 1953 motion picture “The Wild One.” It’s a Triumph from this era that Atom Bomb Custom Motorcycles helped to rebuild and customize for Corey Theuerkauf whose father passed away before he had a chance to complete the project with original parts he had chased and accumulated during the last 20 years.
Atom Bomb Custom Motorcycles specializes in destroyed and neglected Triumphs and BSAs bikes, bringing them back to life with as many as possible original parts. But it’s not always possible, like in this case where an aftermarket hardtail for a unit Triumph had been incorrectly welded on, making the frame crooked and unfit for safe riding. Keeping the factory neck, the shop had to built a complete custom frame and modified an original Wassell tank to fit on it. Rear fender is born from a 1936 Ford spare tire ring that shop owner Clay Rathburn got from his father years ago. A set of shaved and polished late model forks were installed on the front along with an old spool that the shop kept for the right project.
Of course, engine & tranny were re-built following Triumph factory original specifications. Vertical oil tank, handlebars, custom exhaust and many bits are in-house fabricated. End result is a very clean tribute Triumph bobber/chopper to remember Corey’s dad. Atom Bomb Custom Motorcycles.